National, County Governments to collaborate to grow agriculture

Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri hosted a successful consultative meeting for the Council of Governors in Mombasa on May 8, 2019 where the two levels of Government agreed to work together to enhance national food and nutrition security.

The two levels of Government noted that they have not cooperated closely enough in the past, which had resulted in challenges in implementing agricultural activities and programmes.

“The two levels of Government compliment, rather than compete with each other, hence the need for us to collaborate more closely for the sake of developing our agricultural sector” the CS  and the chairman of the Council of Governors Hon. Wycliffe Oparanya observed.

The Meeting which was attended by a record 14 Governors and senior Ministry officials who included the Chief Administrative Secretary Andrew Tuimur and Principal Secretaries resolved to address pertinent issues that hampered the discharge of the Government agricultural mandate.

National Crop Conditions Bulletin -April 2019

Key messages

·        Late onset, poor distribution and erratic patterns  of the 2019 long rains affected the early planted crop resulting in water stress, wilting and poor germinatio in most parts of the country.

·        Planting was delayed in some parts of the country and this is expected to cause a reduction in total production.

·         With the onset of the rains late in April, planting and replanting is expected to begin and continue in May.

·         Fall army Worm infestation were observed Narok, Laikipia, West Pokot, Trans Nzoia and Elgeyo Marakwet

·        Notable increase in the prices of maize, beans and wheat was observed in selected markets.

              

National crop bulletin April 2019